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APBR Frequently Asked Questions

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NON-MEMBERS---> The APBR manages the largest Pit Bull website in the world receiving millions of views regularly. With this enormous response comes enormous administrative responsibilities and costs. Because of this we CANNOT guarantee a response to a non-member. A guaranteed response is a benefit we provide exclusively to our members. When opportunity permits however we do try to answer individual questions. For the most part questions are generic in nature and fall within categories or groups of similar questions. Chances are if you have a question others have also had similar thoughts and questions. Some of these general questions are provided below with general answers. If you need a more personal response we request you help us support you and others in the Pit Bull community like yourself and sign up as a member where you too will receive member correspondence benefits.


For general discussion and networking opportunities with other Pit Bull enthusiasts you are also encouraged to join our PitBullSocial network. This community service is FREE to all Pit Bull enthusiasts and provides extra benefits and services for those who are APBR members.

Index of Questions and Answers: (click question to go to answer)


Can you register my Pit Bull if I do not know the parents?


What is required for me to register my Pit Bull?


What if I do not have all the information requested on the Registration Form?


What option do I have in order to send pictures?


What payment options are available?


What do I receive as an APBR member?


What if I provide Pit Bull or animal generic products or services how can the APBR help me improve my exposure?


How can I have a link to my Web site added but I am not a kennel?


Can I list my Kennel with the APBR?


What if I want a link to my Kennel online presence?


What if I do not have a Kennel Web site but currently wish to?


How much does Kennel Certification cost?


What are the benefits of Kennel Registration?


Can I sell my Pits through the APBR?


Does the American Pit Bull Registry sell Pit Bulls?


How do I get involved in the Foster Care program?


What if I want to adopt a Pit Bull?


I am interested in developing a Pit Bull Rescue but do not know where to begin. Can you help?


Does the APBR register Pits which have been adopted?


My Pit has been sexually altered can you register him / her?


Is my adopted and/or sexually altered Pit discriminated against in the services made available to it?


What if my Pit becomes lost or stolen?


Can the APBR help me re-home my Pit or another Pit in need?


What if I am an organization which has or comes across Pits in need of assistance through re-homing, transport, or other activity?


How can I submit material for APBR news feeds?


How can I receive the APBR News Feeds?


How do I make suggestions that I think would improve or expand upon the level of services the APBR provides?


How long does the registration process take?


Can I expedite the registration process?


Can you guarantee my Pit Bull is pure?


What if I have my Pit genetically tested can its purity be determined?


How much does registration cost? 


Are Pit Bulls good with kids?


If I am purchasing a Pit Bull already registered with the APBR how do I have it transferred into my name?


What if I have a question that is not answered here?


1. Can you register my Pit Bull if I do not know the parents?


Yes. We understand that such information is often not available for many Pit Bulls due to reasons beyond the control of the Pit Bulls owner. Lacking this information does not mean your Pit Bull isn’t a verifiable Pit Bull! We believe that ALL pure bred Pit Bulls have the right to be registered. This is where the American Pit Bull Registry ( APBR ) differs from other registries. Most registries will not allow Pits to be papered through their entity if there isn’t a long genealogical history behind the dog. However, what they don’t realize is that by not allowing a Pit Bull into the registration process, this often promotes a sense of less value toward the breed and even perpetuates a "throw away" mentality toward it. We believe all purebred Pit Bulls have the right to be registered regardless of proven genealogical histories.


2. What is required for me to register my Pit Bull?


There is one major thing. 


  • It MUST BE a purebred American Pit Bull Terrier. If this is questionable please do not attempt to register your dog as in doing so you are providing your word testifying to the fact it is a purebred American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT). *Pit Bulls represented in the AKC or other registries as American Staffordshire Terriers are in fact one in the same as an American Pit Bull Terrier. The Am Staff stock is 100% American Pit Bull Terrier ( APBT ) as historically documented and can be registered with the APBR.


There are three additional simple things we will need from you:


a.) A front and side view photograph of your Pit Bull. Your pictures should be of good size and quality for us to make a fair assessment as to its purity. At a minimum a picture should be 375X375 pixels. Pictures located on your computer can be uploaded if using the Online Registration to submit or if sending registration by mail may be included with your material. All hard copy pictures sent by mail are returned with Registration Material as a matter of courtesy. Please be aware these pictures are used and available for public viewing. You should take care that they are of fair quality and do not include such things as trach in the background.


b.) Your signed Registration Form sent by mail or Online Confirmation. Forms can be printed for offline use or you may use the Online Registration process that will provide you a final Online Confirmation that can be used to print off, sign and mail in if needing to send pics or payment by mail. You may use this link to go to the appropriate section: How to register and get papers on my Pit Bull.


A registration packet may also be requested by mail by written request sent to us with a $1.00 self addressed envelope included with your request. With this we will send you a general registration packet. 


No printer? No problem! You may submit your forms online.


c.) Your payment: This can be made by the following 6 methods.


  • Money Order - This is generally the option of choice when paying by mail for submitting dues.

  • Cash - Always take care when sending cash that it is not visible through the envelope.

  • Online Debit Card

  • Online Credit Card

  • Online Check

  • PayPal


Failure to remit appropriate dues will cause significant delays in registration material production. Due to the significant administrative time invested in the development of a member's material, material registration services DO NOT BEGIN until ALL proper registration requirements are met. If you have failed to meet these please do not contact us asking where your material is at as we are still waiting on you.


3. What if I do not have all the information requested on the Registration Form?


On the Registration Form the only required parts to be filled out are those denoted by asterisks. If additional information is known on the Pit Bull please feel free to include this. Any additional genealogical information is also greatly appreciated. This additional information will be used for tracking purposes and to enhance the Registration Material of the Pit Bull being registered. If you have any pictures of other family members of your Pit and would like these included through your free personalized Family Profile Disc and Pit Bull Family Profile we would be happy to incorporate these as well. Feel free to print copies of our forms through our Web site and make copies as needed for use or distribution. If you do not have a printer you may also submit your form(s), pics and payment online.


4. What options do I have in order to send pictures?


If you are submitting your registration online you will have the option of either completing a picture upload during the online registration process (PREFERRED) or sending the pictures by mail with your signed Online Confirmation or Letter of Registration Intent provided at the end of the online registration process.

OR

If you are a current member you may also use the Member Gallery to upload your pictures. All Member Gallerypictures will be available for public viewing. This option is only available to APBR members who also currently have a profile set up with our PitBullSocial network service.


If not submitting your registration online you may also submit your pictures to the email address listed on the printable Registration Form or send hard copy photos with the signed Registration Form by mail to us at:


American Pit Bull Registry ( APBR ) - PO Box 1036 Antioch, TN 37011.


All hard copy photos sent by mail will be returned with the Pit's Registration Material or if the dog is determined not to be a pure bred Pit Bull the photos will be returned along with your registration fee minus a $5 administrative processing charge.


5. What payment options are available?


There are six primary methods of payment that we accept, which are mailed money order, mailed cash, online check, debit card, credit card and PayPal. Please review question #2.


6. What do I receive as an APBR member?


Unlimited support to meet your needs as a purebred Pit Bull owner. The American Pit Bull Registry ( APBR ) is a member-driven registry and is constantly working on improving and adding to it's member services and benefits. The APBR’s goals are to foster a family-type atmosphere between those who share caring for the Pit Bull as a common characteristic. 


Because we are driven by our membership our members are not just a number. We do not provide just "papers" - we provide you and your Pit Bull Family a unique identity and spend considerable efforts in supporting the needs of our membership and the organic Pit Bull community. We listen to what our members needs are, take these expressed needs with the highest level of seriousness, and constantly adjust our services and benefits based on member input. 


A basic list of benefits and services include:


  • Registration Certificate

  • Visually enhanced pedigrees up to 7 generations when information is available

  • 7 types of reports unmatched by anyone in the Registration industry

  • Personalized 3D Genealogy Tracking service

  • Free ongoing information updates

  • FREE upgraded membership with our PitBullSocial network

  • Access to exclusive Member Services

  • Free unlimited APBR Pit Bull Classifieds Ad postings

  • Free unlimited public posting of pictures in our Member Gallery

  • Access to Free Kennel Certification for breeding members

  • Unlimited dedicated member support

  • Qualifying Pits have access to our printed Super Pedigrees ranging from 8-11 generations, which are the largest printed pedigrees in the Registration industry

  • Much Much more - to see a benefit comparison chart between the APBR and other well know registries click here


When any genealogical information can be provided we will create a visually enhanced pedigree for you for up to seven generations FREE of charge as well as include this information through your Personalized 3D Genealogy Tracking service where even greater levels of Pit Family relationships can be defined such as siblings, mates and fractional relations. 


The APBR's 3D Genealogy Tracking system is a proprietary genealogical tracking service that is the most advanced in the entire Registration Industry. With this service all related Family members automatically receive indefinite free updates as their Family expands and grows. Updates allow Family members to track the growth of their "Family" and take pride in its development. At the APBR we feel that pride is obtained not with just past genealogical data but with a comprehensive genealogical model allowing members to have a full and dynamic perspective of their individual Pit Bull Family Profile and all known and documented relatives.


7. What if I provide Pit Bull or animal generic products or services how can the APBR help me improve my exposure?


Because we feel all issues of the Pit Bull are tied together in relation around the Pit we offer several services to assist others who also deal with Pit Bulls or general dog related goods and services. The primary way we can assist your business is by the exchanging of a link. The link you provide will be placed in the form of a banner (728 X 90) on our PitBullSocial network, which has thousands of members world wide.


Before links are exchanged we will review all such sites to make sure the site does not promote questionable activities in regards to the Pit Bull or any other dog breed.


For commercial business we charge a small maintenance fee for inclusion. For non-profits we will consider placement of a free banner upon request.


All potential sites a given a moral review and if we do not think it proper for viewing by all ages we will decline such links. Please do not waste our time with non-Pit/pet related requests or requests that would not reflect our goals and / or ethics. Stretch the relationship if you need and clean up your site if you have to. 


In the review of all sites we also consider the site's benefit from a development standpoint and make suggestions on methods that could be used to improve your site's Web performance. These are often direct recommendations that we have had experience with in improving site visibility in various search engines such as Google and Yahoo.


Recommendations are free of charge and are intended to promote the positives of the Pit Bull breed and its ownership and how it directly relates to your business.


If you are a kennel and a member of the APBR and appropriately certified as such through us please read question #9 on Pit Bull kennel site linking.


The American Pit Bull Registry ( APBR ) receives MILLIONS of views regularly. We are happy to help others in the Pit Bull and pet related community realize benefits from the type of exposure we can provide them with the opportunity of receiving. The APBR is considered prime Internet real estate and ranks well under multiple key terms in all major search engines.


If you would like to include your business listing please send us a letter describing your business as well as a link to its Web site:


American Pit Bull Registry ( APBR )

PO Box 1036

Antioch, TN 37011

Care of: Business Services


All links require either a reciprocal link or the payment of a modest sponsorship fee.


8. How can I have a link to my Web site added if I am not an APBR Certified Kennel?


Simply request the link directly to us through our Pit Bull Social account. Make sure you do not promote questionable Pit Bull activities as such requests will be turned down. We require that you also reciprocate this courtesy and place a link to the American Pit Bull Registry ( APBR ) on your Web site that would offer appropriate exposure to our services. If desired we would be happy to review sites and make link placement suggestions. If a reciprocal link is not possible then we require the payment of a modest sponsorship fee for placement.


Link requests can also be made by mail at:


American Pit Bull Registry ( APBR )

PO Box 1036

Antioch, TN 37011

Care of: Business Services


A review of question #7 may also be of value to you.


9. Can I list my Kennel with the APBR?


Yes. And it’s FREE. We would love to have your Kennel listed with the American Pit Bull Registry ( APBR ) as long as it meets our high level of ethics and you are an APBR member or currently signing up as one.


In order to place a kennel listing we have two requirements.


  • You must be an APBR member and all breeding adults must be registered with us.

  • You must have a completed Kennel Certification Contract on file. This Kennel Certification Contract states that as a Kennel you will operate in a responsible way and be honest in all transactions regarding the development, breeding and transfer of Pit Bulls.


Kennel listing can also be requested by mail at:


American Pit Bull Registry ( APBR )

PO Box 1036

Antioch, TN 37011

Care of: Business Services


10. What if I want a link to my Kennel service?


If you are a Certified APBR Kennel member simply request a link and provide us your URL. For such kennel listings we require a 728 X 90 banner.


All banners will be sized appropriately based on how we feel will best fit the format of our websites. In return, we also require that APBR Certified Kennels reciprocate this generosity and place a link to our website(s) from theirs as well.


 If you are not a Certified APBR Kennel you will need to become one first to receive a reciprocal link from our sites Certified Kennels section and our PitBullSocial network.


11. What if I do not have a Kennel Web site but currently wish to?


After you become an APBR Certified Kennel member there are several options you have in the development of a Web site to promote your services. 


If you are an APBR member you can develop a robust online presence using our PitBullSocial network. APBR Certified Kennels are given a GOLD level membership, unlimited account space and one free banner placement.


If you wish to handle the development of a Web site yourself we will provide you with the guidance necessary to see that your Kennel is recognized by the many various search engines available and in order to be ranked and retrieved when someone has on online query.


This is a FREE service and free Web hosting accounts can be found by simple search engine (Google) request on the term "free web site hosting". Get a site domain and account established and we will work with you on its promotion and assist you in gaining a distinctive competitive advantage in the promotion of your services.


Taking part in this program provides many opportunities that have direct related financial value and are provided FREE to our breeding members who have signed up and have met the criteria of being an APBR Certified Kennel.


12. How much does Kennel Certification cost?


APBR Kennel Certification is FREE to all breeding members who sign our Kennel Certification Code of Ethics Contract. If you are a non-member, membership is required.


13. What are the benefits of APBR Kennel Certification?


Just some of the many and Free benefits:


  • FREE GOLD level membership on our PitBullSocial network

  • Web site development assistance and consultation *for those who have or wish to develop a site

  • Web site optimization assistance *for those who have or wish to develop a site

  • Development advice and services aimed at Kennel and Web site development and promotion

  • Special promotion through the APBR Pit Bull Classifieds

  • International exposure

  • Breeding guidance

  • Vast Marketing Exposure

  • Link Exchange *for those who have or wish to develop a site or online presence

  • Easily frame able Kennel Certification Certificate

  • Immeasurable PRIDE and OPPORTUNITY

  • And much more. At the APBR we are constantly working on adding to and improving the level of services we offer both our membership and APBR Certified Kennels.

14. Can I sell my Pits through the APBR?


There are several options provided to members who wish to sell their Pit Bull(s). This being said, it is important to realize that as a Pit ages (as with any other breed) financial value drops unless held at or improved upon based on particular characteristics, which some may hold value in, such as rank, color, accommodations, desired genetic traits, recognitions, etc.


For APBR members who have puppies to sell we offer FREE assistance in finding good homes for these pups. We allow our members to place unlimited FREE ads through our APBR Pit Bull ClassifiedsThis is a dedicated service that each member can use for their purposes to place UNLIMITED FREE ADS. Kennels who participate in our Kennel Certification Program have additional marketing benefits as well provided them.


It is essential to understand that if you turn your Pit Bull over to a humane society, shelter, pound, or other animal advocacy organization (especially PETA) IT IS LIKELY that they will be euthanized, humanely if lucky. The fact is, in many parts of the United States such organizations ARE NOT PIT BULL FRIENDLY and do not even offer such turn-ins the opportunity for re-homing. Some may say they do but for only a limited time. If considering turning your Pit Bull over ASK QUESTIONS and if possible avoid such by placing a free re homing ads through the many free online resources and social networks such as Facebook.


If considering turning your Pit Bull over to a humane organization you should work to do so at a NO-KILL facility.


Some organizations even sell pets to medical research projects similar to those promoted in Ontario Canada. These unlucky pets are sold for as little as $6 each and placed in some of the most tormented situations imaginable including LIVE radioactive studies and dissection.


15. Does The American Pit Bull Registry sell Pit Bulls?


No. We do however assist our members in doing so. If interested in buying a Pit Bull puppy or puppies, please check our APBR Pit Bull Classifieds section.


If it does not matter to you whether or not you purchase of a new Pit is a puppy, we like to encourage adoption as an alternative to purchase. Thousands of Pits die every year needlessly that if only given the chance would make wonderful loving pets. Unfortunately due to Breed Specific Laws ( BSL ) and policies based on ignorance, thousands and thousands of purebred Pit Bulls are not even given the opportunity for adoption, or their opportunities are just not long enough. If adoption is a considerable option please consider such. In some cases you may find a great Pit Bull near you needing a good home through our APBR Pit Bull Classifieds.


For many American Pit Bull Terriers ( APBT ) that do have the chance to find a new and loving home, the lives of both the Pit Bull and their new owners are enriched beyond all expectations. Typically there are minor costs involved in adopting a purebred Pit Bull from a Pit friendly rescue or shelter but they tend to be less than standard purchase costs. These costs vary around the world and from town to town. Most Pits acquired through these services are sexually altered and are up to date on all vaccination so this may be additional incentive as well.


16. How do I get involved in the Foster Care program?


We are constantly working to add to our list of Foster Care providers. Foster Care services allow Pits to be placed in an intermediate home until a new permanent home can be found. Such intermediate homes may be either short term or long term in nature. Becoming a Foster Care provider is highly rewarding experience once you know they have found a good forever home.


Fostering Pit Bulls is a wonderful method of having and maintaining the "Pit Bull experience." Fostering Pits allows someone to know they are making a positive difference in the Pit Bull breed and image. Fostering allows one to help as many Pits as possible. Fostering a Pit Bull which has become part of a loving bond with you and then placing it into another home does leave one with a bit of sadness. However, the joy of knowing that the new home was properly screened and that this Pit will have a proper and loving home, and that you can continue this service for many others if you so choose, is very joyous and satisfying. Being able to maintain contact with the new owners and to see how their lives, as well as the life of the Pit they have adopted, has been enriched is indescribably fulfilling.


17. What if I want to adopt a Pit Bull?


Ask us for more details or check out our APBR Pit Bull Classifieds for local listings.


18. I am interested in developing a Pit Bull Rescue but do not know where to begin. Can you help?


Yes. Because we have realized the desperation of the breed we have and continue to be the only registry that works to create new and innovative techniques to improving the breeds survival rate.


Many are under the misperception that they cannot be a rescue because they cannot house many Pits. The fact is, a rescue may choose not to house any Pits at all but instead focus on transportation needs or use and recruit local Pit Bull Foster Providers. If considering developing a rescue program we can help you mold and develop a rescue program around your needs, desires, and abilities.


For additional information please feel free to send us your information by mail including what your intentions are, resources, needs and other pertinent information and we will be happy to help.


American Pit Bull Registry ( APBR )

PO Box 1036

Antioch, TN 37011

Care of: Rescue Development Services


19. Does the APBR register Pits, which have been adopted?


Yes. As long as the dog is a purebred Pit Bull.


In order to prove such adoptions we request proof from the adopting organization or vet statement so we may accurately denote such in our databases. All adoptions should be proven when possible. We have an explicit policy of not discriminating against adopted Pit Bull owners and feel all purebred Pit Bull owners should be able to take part in Pit Bull related activities and to benefit from the many services we offer.


20. My Pit has been sexually altered can you register him / her?


Yes. Unlike most registries, we feel that ALL Pit Bulls should have full privileges of membership. We have an explicit policy of not discriminating against surgically altered Pit Bulls and feel ALL purebred Pit Bull owners should be able to benefit from the many services we offer. We ask that when you consider ANY surgical alterations that you do so with careful and informed insight.


21. Is my adopted and/or sexually altered Pit discriminated against in the services made available to it?


The American Pit Bull Registry ( APBR ) does not discriminate in any of our services to members whether the Pit has been sexually altered or adopted.


22. What if my American Pit Bull Terrier ( APBT ) becomes lost or stolen?


The Pit Bull breed is a very athletic, cunning and smart breed of dog. As with all breeds we encourage Pit Bull owners to make sure to maintain an environment that will keep them properly confined. Proper confinement of pets to one's own property is one of the foundations of responsible ownership. Proper confinement is the number one preventative measure in making sure one's Pit Bull is not lost or stolen.


If you are a member of the American Pit Bull Registry you have access to our APBR Pit Bull Classifieds where you may place an ad with picture of your Pit if it does become lost or stolen. This is a FREE service to all APBR Members.


Also APBR members can use our cross-ID tracking system, which is the most advanced ID tracking system in existence and can be used to track Pits registered with us.


On occasion a lost Pit Bull is lucky enough to be found and reported by one of our APBR members. In many cases this Pit Bull is not in the best physical or mental condition and vet charges are incurred. When our members provide us such information we also allow FREE posting in our APBR Pit Bull Classifieds of these Pits in an attempt to find the Pit's original owner(s). When this occurs, our members will have the right to preview the environmental conditions of the original owner and make a determination as to whether or not the Pit Bull should be returned. If the environment is not conducive to the best interest of the Pit or if the individual determines that the owner is not responsible in their ownership or care such returns are discouraged.


Another condition of return may also be that the proper compensation be given to offset the care charges of our members unless otherwise agreed upon by the member and original owner(s).


23. Can the APBR help me re-home my Pit or another Pit in need?


The American Pit Bull Registry has recognized the need to assist individuals who need to re-home a needy Pit Bull. This is handled through our APBR Pit Bull Classifiedsfor APBR members where ads can be placed free.


24. What if I am an organization, which has or comes across Pits in need of assistance through re-homing, transport, or other activity?


You are a valuable resource and we can assist you in your Pit friendly efforts.


In order to take advantage of the FREE services we offer to you. Please contact us with your details and we will work with you to help you in your goals of assisting Pit Bulls in need.


The condition we have to using our services is that the Pit Bull be purebred in nature. We limit such inclusion due to nature of discrimination often placed on the Pit Bull breed and lack of resources it has dedicated to it. There are many other services (Petfinder.com, Pets911.com, AdoptAPet.com, etc.) that serves other pets so if the purebred condition is unable to be met we encourage you to use one of these so we may save our resources for the purebred Pit Bull specifically.


25. How can I submit material for APBR News Feeds, blogs and forums?


APBR members can be active in our PitBullSocial network and write blogs and forums freely that are also backed up with our RSS feed services so others can also freely subscribe and receive free updates.


We allow our Members to also submit suggestions and requests via our Pit Bull Social account. If you are not a member you may send such material to us by mail for consideration at:

American Pit Bull Registry ( APBR )

PO Box 1036

Antioch, TN 37011

Care of: News Department


26. How can I receive the APBR News Feeds?


Simply go to our PitBullSocial network service and sign up and accept the RSS feed topics you would like to receive. Limited accounts are FREE to all. Posting and other advanced services are reserved for official members. In order to receive an RSS feed you may need to have access to an RSS Feed Reader. Some web browsers have these built in.


Our free APBR RSS News Feed is our primary source of disseminating live information to the Pit Bull and pet ownership communities. We highly encourage its review as this is the doorway to many opportunities provided by the APBR.


27. How do I make suggestions that I think would improve or expand upon the level of services the APBR provides?


We value the input of all in the Pit Bull Community. If you are a member you may send us a message directly on our Pit Bull Social account. If not a member feel free to send correspondence by mail at:


American Pit Bull Registry ( APBR )

PO Box 1036

Antioch, TN 37011

Care of: Development


28. How long does the registration process take?


Individual Pit Bull registrations typically take in the realm of approximately 6 weeks (+/-) based on our current work loads. Please allow for this before contacting us about submitted material. Please be assured if you follow the correct registration process and provide ALL the necessary material your registration will be handled in as timely as manner as possible. The less time we spend on answering questions about submitted material the more time we spend registering Pit Bulls and in a faster fashion, therefore benefiting all involved. We do invite and encourage such requests after the 6 week limit but do ask you be patient during this time period.


Litter registrations and Family Discount Program registrations are a top priority at the American Pit Bull Registry ( APBR ). These are processed in 2-4 weeks typically. If you have taken advantage of one of these programs and it has passed the 3 week mark we encourage your requests on their progress. We understand the importance of such submissions and the critical nature and timing they have in regards to the breeding APBR member/prospective member and the new pup owners. When submitting using these options it is highly encouraged that you carefully review the time it may take for Litter Registration Material to return to you. 


We try to be as fair as possible in the registration process to members and prospective members of the American Pit Bull Registry ( APBR ) while taking into account very specific and immediate needs in an organic and diverse Pit Bull community. Expediting registrations is not typical as we view it as your responsibility to fully understand what is needed to join the APBR as a member and what time frames you can reasonably expect such in. Please read all instructions carefully during the registration process.


What about next day air? Offering this option would lead to the illusion that the level of services we develop and make available to our members can be so expeditiously developed and provided in a day. Unlike other registries we do not wish to misrepresent our services in this way.


We cater our product to our individual members and program new APBR Members a personalized Family Profile system with their registration material. All material is personalized specifically to submitting individuals and their Family of APBR registered Pits and allows for greater interactivity with other direct Family Members. 


Others registries typically provide 'papers' through an assembly line method that does not take into account your individuality and personal needs. 


At the APBR we develop and provide an umbrella of programs, resources, services and opportunities to wrap around our members needs to help give our members an "Ongoing Positive Experience" and support as purebred Pit Bull dog owners. We are a registry for the purebred American Pit Bull Terrier ( APBT ) owner who wishes for more than just 'papers'.


Being a recognized APBR member requires a long-term personal commitment to working at promoting the positives of the Pit Bull and doing so in a responsible fashion. 


29. Can I expedite the registration process?


What about next day air? Offering this option would lead to the illusion that the level of services we develop and make available to our members can be so expeditiously developed and provided in a day. Unlike others registries we do not wish to misrepresent our services in this way.


One such catered product that only the American Pit Bull Registry ( APBR ) offers is our personalized Family Profile tracking system that provides considerable amounts of information for the new APBR member and access points to take advantage of the many benefits they have as members such as access to our proprietary genealogical Family Profile tracking program, which is the most advanced in the entire Registration industry, a FREE Classifieds Ad posting service, Member Gallery, and much more.


Others registries typically only provide 'papers' through an assembly line method that does not take into account your individuality and personal needs. 


At the APBR we develop and cater an umbrella of programs, resources, services and opportunities to wrap around our members needs to help give our members an "Ongoing Positive Experience" and support as purebred Pit Bull dog owners. We are a registry for the purebred American Pit Bull Terrier ( APBT ) owner who wishes for more than just 'papers'.


Being a recognized APBR member requires a long-term personal commitment to working at promoting the positives of the Pit Bull and doing so in a responsible fashion.  


30. Can you guarantee my Pit Bull is pure?


The truth is NO REGISTRY can guarantee purity regardless of the amount of backup paperwork or even genetic testing. By requiring our potential members to submit pictures before the registration process is completed, we can provide our professional opinion as to purity and reduce the level of fraud and mistakes in the registration process. 


All registries the APBR included depend on the honesty, integrity and ethics of their members and prospective membership. Any registry that says they can guarantee purity are simply not telling the truth.


Through the use of our proprietary Family Profile genealogical tracking program and image cross analysis we do however maintain the leading system of security in the Registration Industry, which is much less likely to be false in nature than other registries as their is no reward in doing so. Due to the independent nature in which we handle each Pit registered with the APBR false representation is much more easily perceivable and eliminated.


If someone is found to be acting in a dishonest way through our registration process we immediately ban them for life from future participation, disqualifying the registration of the non-pure Pit, and suspend the registration of all other Pits owned by that individual until all such are re-homed. Dishonesty in our membership is one of the most egregious violations of our protocols and subject to serious sanction including up to criminal and civil litigation.


31. What if I have my Pit genetically tested can its purity be determined?


There is a common misperception perpetuated by many registries that a genetic test can prove the purity of a dog breed. Many such registries make considerable financial gain from the promotion of this myth and the selling or endorsement of such related products. The truth is, genetic testing IS NOT able to determine purity of a breed nor can it determine lineage.


Genetic tests can only be used to validate parentage, sex and various genetic illnesses. For some this holds a value, for some others however, it does not. If considering having a genetic test run on your dog, we encourage you to use a reputable provider, educate yourself, understand the process and read the fine print. By doing this you can better make an informed judgment as to whether or not this process has value and is right for you.


If interested and you are an APBR member let us know and we can help arrange a discount with a 3rd party non-bias service provider.

If you do decide to have such tests conducted and are an APBR member we are happy to bank the results FREE.


32. How much does registration and or APBR membership cost?


We prefer to look at registration as an investment. Once you have joined us in our efforts you will soon see why many have come to this same conclusion as our services are unparalleled in the entire Registration industry. 


Our current fee schedule is as follows:


Individual Pit Registration - $25.00


Litter Registration - $12.50 per Pit pup with each after the 8th FREE


Family Discount Program - Litter of 7 or more + both parents - $135


5 For $105 Discount Program - 5 Pits - $105


APBR Kennel Certification - FREE to breeding APBR Members


33. Are Pit Bulls good with children?


In order to be fair in answering this question one must ask is the child good with Pits. IF a child does not respect an animal regardless of type and if the child's parents and guardians are unwilling to teach respect one cannot be surprised if an animal turns and attacks regardless of breed. This is not the fault of the animal but of the child and parents. Self-defense is a self preservation mechanism present in all animals (including humans). The majority of attacks by animals are a result not of unstable animals but disrespectful children and irresponsible parents, guardians, and pet owners.


To have a better understanding of dog attacks in relation to children we cannot recommend enough a review of material provided by the"National Canine Resaerch Council". This site and publications is probably the most insightful resources available in regards to the "Why" of dog attacks and to date is the most comprehensive research service of its kind. 


Having said this given that a parent or guardian is responsible, a child is respectful, and the Pit to be acquired is healthy, mentally stable, and well socialized it is more often than not a wonderful family addition and companion. Although the media has sought to unfairly stigmatize this wonderful and trustworthy breed the truth is that the Pit Bull has been bred for hundreds of years to be EXCEPTIONALLY people friendly and regularly rate near the top of all breeds (200+) tested by the American Temperament Test Society.


Some interesting statistics to help put dog attacks in perspective:


  • Every year more people die from cattle attacks than by dogs (all breeds combined), mountain lions, and bears combined.


  • 1992 - 1997 there were 114 people killed by cattle and only 87 by dogs. When one then compares the low number of cattle in relation to the high number of dogs this differential is even more enlightening.  


  • The majority of fatal attacks are a defensive response a dog has to being abused, teased, disrespected, or the irresponsible trespass of children onto the dogs area of proper confinement. 


  • Infants are 25 times more likely to die in their own crib due to its lack of proper maintenance.


  • Infants are 125 times more likely to be killed by their own parents than by all dog breeds combined.


  • The domestic short-haired cat is responsible for more serious injuries every year than all dog breeds combined.


The truth about dogs is they are as safe as their owners and the people around them. The best defense to a dog attack is proper socialization and training.


34. If I am purchasing a Pit Bull already registered with the APBR how do I have it transferred into my name?


If the Pit is a Litter Registered pup then on the back of its Registration Certificate there is a Litter Pup Transfer Form that should be filled out and sent in according to the provided instructions.


If you are purchasing an adult Pit Bull already registered with the APBR then all you need do is request the owner to print off an Owner Transfer Form and complete and send it in. This form is provided through the APBR Member Extras section available through that individuals Pit Bull Social account.


One of the benefits of being a new or existing APBR Member is that such transfers are completed FREE of charge to either the buying or selling party.


35. What if I have a question that is not answered here?


MEMBERS--->Please submit suggestions and requests via our Pit Bull Social account


NON-MEMBERS--->APBR WEB SITES RECEIVE MILLIONS OF VISITS REGULARLY. WITH THIS ENORMOUS RESPONSE COMES ENORMOUS ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES AND COSTS. BECAUSE OF THIS WE CANNOT GUARANTEE A RESPONSE TO A NON-MEMBER. A GUARANTEED RESPONSE IS A BENEFIT WE PROVIDE TO OUR MEMBERS. WHEN OPPORTUNITY PERMITS However WE DO TRY TO ANSWER INDIVIDUAL QUESTIONS. FOR THE MOST PART QUESTIONS ARE GENERIC IN NATURE AND FALL WITHIN CATEGORIES OR GROUPS OF SIMILAR QUESTIONS. CHANCES ARE IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION OTHERS HAVE ALSO HAD SIMILAR THOUGHTS AND QUESTIONS. Some of these GENERAL QUESTIONS ARE PROVIDED in this FAQ page WITH GENERAL ANSWERS. IF YOU NEED A more personal RESPONSE WE REQUEST YOU HELP US SUPPORT YOU AND OTHERS IN THE Pit Bull COMMUNITY LIKE YOURSELF AND SIGN UP AS A MEMBER WHERE YOU WILL RECEIVE MEMBER CORRESPONDENCE Benefits.


Questions may also be sent to us by mail at:


American Pit Bull Registry ( APBR )

PO Box 1036

Antioch, TN 37011

Care of: Correspondence


The APBR is an International Registry dedicated solely to the positive promotion of the pure bred American Pit Bull Terrier ( APBT ), its inclusion in the registration process and responsible ownership. The APBR offers many diverse and broad sets of programs working to meet the ever changing needs of an organic Pit Bull and and/or pet owning community. All services we provide to the general public and members are made available thanks to the support of current APBR Members. 


The APBR only seeks those to join who meet the high standards of conduct and ethics and follow the guiding principles of the APBR. Registration with the APBR is a privilege not a right. 


If you do not subscribe to the same principles as the APBR we encourage you to seek registration elsewhere as there are other registries who we feel may more appropriately meet your needs and be a better fit for you.


If you do subscribe to our principles we would be honored to have you as an active Member and look forward to working with you in your needs as an individual who subscribes to the same ideas of responsible Pit Bull ownership and promotion.


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